SOMALIA / KISMAYO ELECTIONS SUPPORT

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A delegation made up of some of Somalia’s partners was in Jubaland with the aim of reaffirming the international community’s collective support for the country’s elections and to discuss the next steps in the process. UNSOM

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STORY: SOMALIA / ELECTIONS SUPPORT
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DATELINE: 03 SEPTEMBER 2021, KISMAYO, SOMALIA

SHOTLIST:

1. Wide shot, the delegation walking to board the plane
2. Med shot, the delegation inside the plane
3. Wide shot, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, taking notes
4. Close up, political Councillor, Embassy of Norway, Merete Dyrud
5. Med shot, EU Ambassador to Somalia, Tiina Intelmann
6. Wide shot, Sayid Mohamed Abdulle International Airport, Kismayo
7. Wide shot, Guard of Honour
8. Med shot, the delegation getting off the plane
9. Med shot, the UN Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan and the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission in Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Madeira, stand for a guard of honour mounted by AMISOM Forces
10. Wide shot, Guard of Honour
11. Med shot, the UN Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan and the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission in Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Madeira, stand for a guard of honour mounted by AMISOM Forces
12. Wide shot, the UN Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan and the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission in Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Madeira inspecting the guard of honour
13. Med shot, Guard of Honour
14. Tracking shot, roadside view towards Kismayo town
15. Wide shot, Jubaland State house.
16. Med shot, the President of Jubaland, President Ahmed Mohamed Islam ‘Madobe’, welcoming the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan and the delegation
17. Wide shot, the President of Jubaland, President Ahmed Mohamed Islam ‘Madobe’, ushering in the delegation
18. Med shot, the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission in Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Madeira, at the meeting with EU Ambassador to Somalia, Tiina Intelmann
19. Med shot, Jubaland State Administration officials
20. Med shot, the delegation meeting the President of Jubaland
21. Wide shot, the President of Jubaland, Ahmed Mohamed Islam ‘Madobe’ at the media briefing with the delegation
21. Close up, Federal Government Somalia and Jubaland State of Somalia coat of arms
22. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia:
“In our discussion with the President and members of his cabinet, we commended Jubaland for being the first federal Member State to start holding Upper House elections, and emphasised the need for the election of the remaining Upper House seats to be completed quickly. This will allow the electoral focus to shift towards the next phase of the federal elections – those for the House of the People.”
23. Close up, member of the delegation at the meeting
24. Close up, Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission in Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Madeira
25. Wide shot, the President of Jubaland, Ahmed Mohamed Islam ‘Madobe’, and the visiting delegation at the meeting
26. Close up, the UN Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, at the meeting
27. Wide shot, the President of Jubaland, Ahmed Mohamed Islam ‘Madobe’, and the visiting delegation at the meeting
28. Close up, political Counsellor Embassy of Norway, Merete Dyrud
29. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia:
“In addition, it is vital to ensure political space is protected for all Somalis. This includes freedom of expression, media access, freedom of organisation and assembly – all to ensure an electoral process that is credible and transparent.”
30. Wide shot, the UN Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, and the delegation meeting with the Jubaland SEIT Chairman, Siyad Mohamed Mursal
31. Close up, Jubaland SEIT Chairman, Siyad Mohamed Mursal
32. Med shot, Jubaland SEIT Chairman, Siyad Mohamed Mursal and the UN Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan
33. Wide shot, UN Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, and the delegation meeting with the Jubaland SEIT Chairman, Siyad Mohamed Mursal
34. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia:
“This will help ensure political cohesion so that the focus can turn to other critical priorities in the areas of development and security, including the fight against Al-Shabaab, which continues to pose a grave threat to peace and stability in Somalia.”
35. Wide shot, the delegation leaving the press briefing
36. Close up, Jubaland State flag
37. Wide shot, delegation walking after the meeting with the President of Jubaland, Ahmed Mohamed Islam ‘Madobe’
38. Wide shot, Kismayo polling station
39. Wide shot, delegation touring the election centre
40. Med shot, voting booths
41. Wide shot, Jubaland SEIT Chairman, Siyad Mohamed Mursal, taking the delegation on a tour of the voting centre
42. Med shot, voting booths
43. Wide shot, delegation touring the Kismayo polling station

STORYLINE:

A delegation made up of some of Somalia’s partners was in Jubaland today (3 Oct) with the aim of reaffirming the international community’s collective support for the country’s elections and to discuss the next steps in the process.

“In our discussion with the President and members of his cabinet, we commended Jubaland for being the first Federal Member State to start holding Upper House elections and emphasized the need for the election of the remaining Upper House seats to be completed quickly,” the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, said.

“This will allow the electoral focus to shift towards the next phase of the federal elections — those for the House of the People,” he added in media remarks delivered in Jubaland’s interim capital, Kismayo, following the group’s meeting with President Ahmed Mohamed Islam ‘Madobe’ and his team.
The top UN official was speaking on behalf of a delegation made up of the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Ambassador Francisco Madeira; the European Union’s Ambassador Tiina Intelmann; the Political Counsellor of the Embassy of Norway, Merete Dyrud; and the Peace and Reconciliation Advisor from the Embassy of Sweden, Johan Svensson.

In their remarks, the visiting delegation encouraged Jubaland’s leader and State Electoral Implementation Team (SEIT) to speed up the electoral process by convening the delegate selection committees comprising elders and civil society representatives, and by preparing polling stations in both Kismayo and Garbaharey, the capital of Jubaland’s Gedo region.

While in Kismayo, the delegation met with the Jubaland SEIT chairperson, Siyad Mohamed Mursal, and visited a site used as a polling centre for the Upper House elections and which is also expected to be used for the House of the People vote.

In their meetings, the delegation also emphasized that the electoral processes must respect the right of women to participate fully in all aspects of public life, and that the minimum quota of 30 per cent women’s representation should be achieved in Parliament.

“In addition, it is vital to ensure political space is protected for all Somalis,” the UN Special Representative added. “This includes freedom of expression, media access, freedom of organization and assembly — all to ensure an electoral process that is credible and transparent.”

The delegation also encouraged the President to deepen efforts, following the election, to engage all stakeholders in Jubaland with a view to achieving lasting reconciliation.

“This will help ensure political cohesion so that the focus can turn to other critical priorities in the areas of development and security, including the fight against Al-Shabaab, which continues to pose a grave threat to peace and stability in Somalia,” Mr. Swan noted.

The visit to Kismayo was the latest round of regular contact by representatives of Somalia’s international partners with the leaders of Somalia’s Federal Member States. A delegation had visited Puntland last week.
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